California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

New Law Will Require Additional Landfills to Capture Methane by 2012

Date: July 22, 2009

To: All LEAs

Landfills Contribute to Reducing Greenhouse Emissions by 1.5 Million Metric Tons

In an effort to combat global warming, the Air Resources Board (ARB) in collaboration with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (Board), adopted a measure aimed at capturing methane from landfills throughout the state on landfills where these systems are not currently required. Initially, 14 uncontrolled facilities have been identified to design and install new systems by 2012. Board staff is working closely with ARB staff to ensure coordination and minimize impact of the proposed measure with Board and LEA regulation of landfill gas and landfills.

This early action measure to combat global warming will cut greenhouse emissions by 1.5 million metric tons, and is a significant step towards reducing the state’s carbon footprint generated by solid waste. In addition to the 14 facilities already identified, 218 of the state’s 367 municipal solid waste landfills with the potential to generate methane emissions would eventually be affected. Municipal waste landfills comprise California's second largest man-made source of methane, which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

This announcement was sent on behalf of Scott Walker, Acting Division Chief of Cleanup, Closure and Financial Assurance at the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

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Date Released: July 22, 2009
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813